Men's Volleyball Takes Down Pacific, 3-1
Pepperdine sits in second place in the MPSF with a 1.5 match lead on UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State and Stanford, all tied for third place.
March 29, 2014
STOCKTON, Calif. – The #3 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team saw three players reach double figures in kills, including Josh Taylor, Kyle Gerrans and J.J. Mosolf, en route to a 3-1 win at Pacific on Saturday night. It was the Waves’ final match inside the Alex G. Spanos Center, as the Tigers will be disbanding the men’s volleyball program at the conclusion of the 2014 season.
Pepperdine improved to 15-6 overall and in MPSF action with the 25-15, 19-25, 25-19, 27-25 triumph.
With the win, the Waves remain in second place and now hold a 1.5 match lead over UC Santa Barbara, Stanford and Long Beach State, all tied for third with a 13-7 MPSF record.
Pepperdine out-dug the Tigers 36-27 which translated into a 58-47 advantage in kills. Taylor (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) led the match with 17 kills while adding two aces and a pair of blocks for 20.5 points.
In his third start of the season, but first on the right side, Mosolf (Saugus, Calif./Hart HS/Hawaii) disposed of a career-high 15 kills. The redshirt sophomore also collected a career-best seven digs.
Mosolf made his two previous starts at the middle blocker position.
Gerrans (Los Gatos, Calif./Valley Christian HS) was the third Pepperdine player to reach double figures, posting 12 kills while hitting .360 (12 kills-3 errors-25 attempts). On the defensive side, he contributed with eight digs and two roofs.
Quarterbacking the offense was Matt West (Seattle, Wash./Shorewood HS), who distributed 51 assists for a 12.75 per set average.
The Waves owned the first set, hitting at a .727 (17-1-22) clip and siding out at an 87-percent rate (14-for-16). Behind Mosolf’s five kills and Taylor’s perfect 4-for-4 effort on the attack, Pepperdine easily put the stanza away 25-15.
Set two did not fare so well for the Waves. Pacific jumped ahead to a 6-1 lead and Pepperdine was never able to fully recover. A Tiger block put an end to things at 25-19.
The Waves got back on track in set three. After climbing ahead 8-4, Pepperdine extended the lead to five at 18-13. West and Matt Tarantino (Van Nuys, Calif./Bishop Alemany) teamed up for a block to bring up set point, and Pacific committed an attack error to secure the frame 25-19.
With the 2-1 lead, the Waves were forced to play catchup for most of the fourth set. Although Pepperdine fell behind by as much as five, 11-16, the visiting squad was able to climb back and eventually knot the score at 23-all following a Taylor ace.
Pacific sided out to take set point, but Taylor nailed down a kill to keep the Waves in the frame. The Tigers continued to go to their go-to hitter, Thomas Hodges, who led his squad with 17 kills on the night. After his first attempt was blocked back, Pacific went to Hodges again for the second-chance attempt – this time successfully blocked to the floor by Mosolf and Tarantino to give Pepperdine its first lead of the frame at 25-24.
After one more Tiger sideout, Taylor tallied back-to-back kills to clinch the set at 27-25 and secure the win for the Waves.
Pepperdine returns to Malibu to host USC next week Saturday. The match is the first of three regular season contests left on the Waves’ slate. The following week, Pepperdine hosts a home-and-home vs. Hawaii.